Premier League: Reading v Arsenal match preview
look ahead to Monday’s Premier League fixture at the Madjeski Stadium
Friday 14 December 2012
They have only ever met on ten occasions and Reading manager Brian McDermott will be hoping the Royals’ 11th clash with Arsenal finally yields its first victory.
Both sides have stuttered since October’s extraordinary Capital One Cup contest, with Reading still in the Premier League drop zone while Arsene Wenger’s side are on a wretched run of just three wins in their last 11.
On the other hand, only three of those contests have ended in defeat and in spite of their humiliating loss to League Two Bradford last week, the Gunners are only two points adrift of the Champions League reckoning.
Reading won 15 of their last 19 games in 2011/12 but have just one league victory to their name this term, highlighting the enormity of staving off an immediate return to the Championship.
KICK-OFF: Monday, 8pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Reading 5 (Roberts, Koscielny OG, Leigertwood, Hunt, Pogrebnyak) Arsenal 7 (Walcott 3, Giroud, Koscielny, Chamakh 2) Capital One Cup, October 2012
Arsenal 2 (Adebayor, Gilberto) Reading 0, Premier League, April 2008
Reading 1 (Shorey) Arsenal 3 (Flamini, Adebayor, Hleb), Premier League, November 2007
Reading have met Arsenal on 10 occasions in all competitions and have lost every one of them.
The Royals have lost their previous five matches.
Arsenal have conceded the lowest number of second-half goals in the top-flight this season (six) while Reading have let in the joint-highest (20).
Arsenal have scored 26 goals from 16 league games this season; their worst return since 2006/07.
Arsenal have won none of their last six away games in all competitions.
Reading to win: 5.6
Arsenal to win: 1.71
It can only be one match, can’t it?
From 0-4 down after 44 minutes, Arsenal pulled off the greatest League Cup comeback to defeat Reading 7-5 at the Madjeski Stadium.
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 8pm.
Latest in Sport
Preston fan who appeared to snatch Jermaine Beckford's shirt from eight-year-old boy identified and says: 'the truth will come out'
England 'favourites' to host 2018 World Cup following Fifa arrests
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
Manchester United season player ratings: Grading Louis van Gaal's entire squad
Psychic penguins have made their pick for Arsenal vs Aston Villa in the FA Cup final...
- 1 Stolen Instagram photo sells for $90,000
- 2 Before you complain about your GP, this is what you need to know about actually doing the job
- 4 'Don't blame all men for rape' campaign backfires spectacularly
- 5 Charlie Charlie Challenge explained: not a Mexican demon being summoned — it's gravity
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'